Today’s horror comes courtesy of Sinthyia. Straight outta DeSoto, Texas, we give you 41-year-old Joyce Luvern Burks, whose 4-year-old foster daughter, Katherine Frances, died after a vicious beating from Burks’ 14-year-old son that left Katherine with a fractured skull and brain damage, among other injuries.
Police were disgusted to learn that Burks might have saved her little girl’s life after her son had bodyslammed her to the point of death. But instead, the alleged Mom from Hell spent hours at the laundromat, washing the blanket on which the girl had bled. According to the timeline, based on Burks’ own revised testimony to police, Mommy Dearest noticed Katherine getting sick around 5pm. Instead of calling the ambulance or taking the girl to the hospital, Burks sat down with the other kids for a bit of tellie – because she had to catch Zoey 101 before she could be bothered to assist her dying foster daughter. Then, on the way to the hospital, Burks popped into the laundromat to do her washing. (You know, the kind of washing that the rest of us call “evidence tampering.”) They didn’t arrive at the hospital until sometime after 8:30pm. (The story is unclear about exactly when they arrived there.)
According to the report, Burks was a foster parent under Mesa Family Services Inc., whose operations have since been taken over by Therapeutic Family Life. Therapeutic knew that the fosters in Burks’ home complained that the son abused them. Burks turned a deaf ear to them, insisting that her little snuggums could do no foul. The state is lashing out at Therapeutic, saying that didn’t adequately supervise foster parents like Burks. Gee, you think?
I am so fucking sick and tired of this shit. These poor fucking foster kids are in their situation because their previous parents neglected them, committed a crime, or otherwise did something worthy of landing a spot on this blog. Marbella Frances lost custody of her kids after leaving them home alone. Katherine Frances was taken out of her home to “keep her safe”. Instead, she was murdered by a brutish teen, and a mom who didn’t give two shits about reining him in. She would’ve been better off being neglected at home.
At least there’s something of a happy element to this story. Katherine’s death managed to have a poignant meaning for five-year-old Claire Fowler, who is alive and healthy today after receiving Katherine Frances’ heart. And Marbella Frances has file suit against the foster care companies and the Burks family. From the way Marbella talks, it seems this tragedy has strengthened her resolve to keep her own shit together, and make sure that some change in the Texas foster care system results from Katherine Frances’ sad, tragic death.